Buy Hold Fold: Round 22 (Prelim Finals)

And then there were four… Prelim final weekend is upon us and coaches will be looking to make every post a winner! Who’s on the chopping block heading into round 22? Get your trade tips and advice for the week with Buy, Hold, Fold!


Max Gawn ($806K RUCK, MELB) – 152

If you didn’t jump on big Max last week, it has got to be a high priority with Carlton and Tom De Koning coming this week! Oscar McInerney had a field day against Carlton at the weekend, with 37 hit outs and 105 fantasy points. Lock and load!

Luke Parker ($834K MID/FWD, SYD) – 115

As reliable as they come. Parker has gone 110+ in his last three games! I don’t expect him to slow down back at the SCG this week… All aboard!

Brad Crouch ($891K MID, STK) – 123

Now here’s a left-field selection for those who pound for pound, don’t stack up to their opponent in a prelim final showdown! 4% ownership and a three round average of 133 to be the form player of the competition – even ahead of Rory Laird over the past three weeks. Does have a couple of difficult match ups to finish but you’d rather die trying that cop an honourable loss!

In the Mix: Angus Brayshaw, Jordan Dawson, Aaron Hall.


Zach Marett Merrett ($955K MID, ESS) – 55

The cliché “A week is a long-time in footy” has never been more accurate! That was proper horsesh*t from Zach and I am certain coaches far and wide have given the obligatory ‘rage trade’ a fair workout. Prior to this, Zach had notched up 120+ in five straight games and while he burnt us when we needed him most, I’d be keeping the faith!

Tom Stewart ($745K DEF, GEEL) – 46

After a solid return vs the Dogs in R20, Stew copped some extra attention from Mitch Owens on his way to 4 points at half-time. He eventually finished on a paltry 46 with just two marks! He finishes the season with Gold Coast away and West Coast at home so back him in to find some form!

Marcus Bontempelli ($852K MID/FWD, WB) – 83

A pair of 80’s over the past fortnight will have coaches patience wearing thin… I think he’ll be at fine at home this week vs GWS, as long as Ash/Perryman don’t dry hump him for 120 minutes!

In the Mix: Will Brodie, Nick Daicos, Sam Walsh.


Patrick Cripps ($809K MID, CARL) – 92

Argh Crippa! I figured Carlton were fighting a lost cause when they challenged his high bump on Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee. Crippa is now on the side lines for the rest of the home and away season and is a must trade!

Ben Keays ($760K MID, CROM) – 45

Absolutely rank. Not entirely Keays’ fault with Nicksy d*cking around with the magnets once again… Given the uncertainty around his role I can’t justify holding at this point! Cue the pure mid role and a 120+ score.

Connor Rozee ($782K FWD/MID, PA) – 64

Rozee has been awesome for what many considered a stepping stone around the byes. This score was affected by a sore right knee but he has been cleared to face Essendon. Despite this, time to get him up to a big dog for the run home!

In the Mix: Braydon Preuss, Darcy Cameron.

Top 5 Price Rises

  • Elijah ‘Dutchy’ Hollands ($331K MID/FWD | GCS | 38.07% ownership) +$80K
  • Luke Ryan ($782K DEF | FREO | 4.01% ownership) +$57K
  • Josh ‘JJK’ Kennedy ($488K FWD | WCE | 0.85% ownership) +$52K
  • Jaidyn ‘Chompers’ Stephenson ($626K FWD/MID | NORF | 1.16% ownership) +$51K
  • Trent Cotchin ($655k MID | RICH | 0.58% ownership) +$46K

Top 5 Price Falls

  • Nathan Broad ($501K DEF | RICH | 1.26% ownership) -$56K
  • Marlion Pickett ($504K MID | RICH | 1.1% ownership) -$54K
  • Tom Stewart ($745K DEF | GEEL | 14.06% ownership) -$50K
  • Benny ‘Bevo’d by Nicksy’ Keays ($760K MID | CROM | 8.29% ownership) -$47K
  • Nick Vlastuin ($711k DEF | RICH | 3.23% ownership) -$45K

Lowest Breakevens

  • Elijah ‘Dutchy’ Hollands ($331K MID/FWD | GCS | 38.07% ownership) -31
  • Brynn Teakle ($235K RUCK/FWD | PA | 17.92% ownership) -13
  • Kallan Dawson ($248K DEF | NM | 5.08% ownership) -4
  • Emerson Jeka ($235K FWD | HAW | 1.43% ownership) 2
  • Josh ‘Frankie’ Worrell ($244K DEF | ADEL | 7.67% ownership) 4

Highest Breakevens

  • Zach Marett Merrett ($955K MID | ESS | 14.63% ownership) 141
  • Benny ‘Bevo’d by Nicksy’ Keays ($760K MID | CROM | 8.29% ownership) 140
  • Rory ‘Desk Rig’ Laird ($1.07m MID | CROM | 19.16% ownership) 139
  • Darcy Parish ($790K MID | ESS | 2.92% ownership) 135
  • Jack ‘Gastroc God’ Sinclair ($861K DEF/MID | STK | 27.66% ownership) 135

*Ownership % as of 10pm 9 August 2022. Filtered as relevant.

So who’s on the chopping block in your squad? Share your trade plans in the comments below!

Cheers legends,

Fantasy Fanatic #70


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